World Ocean Summit – February 27th-March 1st 2023 – Lisbon, Portugal

Changing the way businesses operate in the ocean

Hear from experts from major ocean industries, including shipping, blue food, tourism and renewable energy, as they discuss how they are changing their practices to improve both ocean health and their balance sheets. Join the summit to:

  • Hear from over 120 speakers who will share their knowledge on how business leaders can simultaneously benefit from and protect the ocean
  • Network with over 1,500 global attendees over three days at extended lunches, cocktail receptions, a beach clean-up to share experiences
  • Gain impartial insight from The Economist‘s editors and industry experts. It also brings to life the analysis and content of Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative.

This event is paid to attend, however, we have a limited number of complimentary passes available.

More than 120 speakers, including:
Peter Thomson
UN secretary-general’s special envoy for the ocean
Mato Franković
Markus C Mueller
Managing director, chief investment officer ESG and global head of chief investment office
Deutsche Bank
Anna Majo Crespo
Business innovation director and blue economy leader
Barcelona City Council
Andreea Strachinescu
Head of unit, maritime affairs and fisheries
European Commission
Neha Mehta
Director, Pacific Islands
UN Capital Development Fund
Robert Weary
Chief executive and founder
Aqua Blue Investments
Charlie Enright
11th Hour Racing Team
Amy Trice
Director of ocean planning
Ocean Conservancy
Dawn Rodney
Chief external affairs officer
National Park Foundation, USA

The World Ocean Summit is an annual global event bringing together the widest cross-section of the ocean community from business and finance to governments, national and international policy-makers, civil society and academia. Economist Impact will celebrate the 10th anniversary with the return to a physical event in Lisbon, Portugal, a city (and country) at the forefront of sustainable ocean thinking and practice.

The summit is designed to inspire bold thinking and new partnerships, and to trigger effective action to develop a sustainable ocean economy. It aims to change the way business is done in the ocean.

This year, the summit will steer progress by addressing the greatest challenges facing the ocean: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. High-level policy discussions will continue to be at the heart of plenary sessions. We will retain the focus on marine industries including shipping, fishing, aquaculture, energy and tourism and this year the agenda will feature cross-industry sessions to leverage synergies and encourage cross-sector engagement.

The 2023 agenda will kick-off with focus sessions on Blue finance and Ocean science and data on day one. The main agenda will run on day two and three, where each morning starts with a plenary session. After extended networking breaks, the audience will divide into two theatres focused on solutions to tackle the challenges of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. Sessions in these theatres will focus on how ocean-based industries can minimise their impact on the ocean, as well as nature-based solutions for ocean restoration. The featured industries are shipping, blue food, plastics, energy and tourism.

Day two will also see the launch of Cities and the ocean and day three launches the Investment hub where investors seek to address investment challenges for innovation in shipping, aquaculture, wave and tidal energy, and plastics reduction.

Event format:
  • Day one will focus on “blue finance” and “ocean science and data”
  • The main agenda will run on day two and three, where each morning starts with a plenary session.
  • The launch of two new tracks “cities and the ocean” on day two and the “investment hub” on day three
  • Extended networking breaks
  • Three theatres to explore solutions to tackle the challenges of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss

More: The World Ocean Summit Agenda; 

The World Ocean Summit Speakers